Sleeplust, The Gutter Daisies, Rubaiyat, Shim

Sleeplust is the brain child of twin brothers Michael and Joseph Pepe, vocalist Amber Ruthe, and drummer Sarah Luffred after a chance encounter on Craigslist. Moody electronics, spacious guitars, bombastic drums and a steady rhythm all make up the ground work of the band. Since releasing their music they've had features in Billboard Magazine and Huffington Post along with TV placements on channels such as MTV, VH1, and E, along with an accumulation of over a million plays of their last two EPs on digital platforms. It's honest music that they hope will find a way into your heart.

The Gutter Daisies are a 3 piece rock band hailing from Los Angeles, CA. Spearheaded by award-winning songwriter Doug Rockwell, who has penned songs for major label pop and rock acts as well as hit TV shows, the band was originally formed as an escape from pop politics - a longing to reunite with the angst and real emotion of music that now seems as if it were banished from the craft. Teamed with bassist and touring veteran Miles Franco, and drummer/former band mate from various other projects, Mike Diggs, this isn’t the trio’s first rodeo. Their influences cascade from bands like The Hives and The Vines, to 90’s rock acts such as Nirvana, Green Day, Refused, and Weezer. Their debut EP “Social Insecurity” was released digitally on June 27th across all platforms, as well as a music video for their first single “Paper Paranoia.” Their energetic live performances tell all, showing the crowd within moments that they’re a monster on a mission.

Rubaiyat is a four piece doom-wop band based out of
Los Angeles, California. Singer/songwriter Joel Carl
Heinrich ( Black Ass Humans of the Neon Future, The
Oarsman, Rat Rios) has teamed up with his friends to
play earnest love songs in the key of Chad Vangaalen
while exploring the raw emotional side of relationships.
Rubaiyat’s Cloud Shit (2017) is a romp through a lover’s
heart; from Out in the Night’s rowdy “drunk on the
moon” lover stumbling home for romance in the
backyard to Yer Ture’s sweetly, sincere and misplaced
love where Joel channels Kim Gordon’s woeful croon,
singing “You were my friend/but I loved you” Rubaiyat
captures the spectrum of our emotional lives with the
lyrical care of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.

When Shim Moore first began writing solo music, a piece of early career advice stuck with him. He recalls, ͞Somebody once told me, ͚When you͛re making music, the difference between good and great is blood. If you bleed on a record, people are going to hear it. If you don͛t, people are going to hear it too͛.͟Truth is, Shim’s blood courses through every song he’s ever written and recorded. Millions of fans worldwide connected to his songwriting, spirit, and soul across four full-length albums from the RIAA platinum-certified Sick Puppies—which he founded in 1997. Following his split from the group during 2015, the Australia-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer did what he does best: write. ͞I lost my band, a lot of my finances, and most importantly, my identity,͟ he admits. ͞I wasn’t going to stop though. I had to find a new identity and the songs to go with it. It was a whole rebirth. It couldn’t be some acoustic shit or a retread of what I’ve already done. It had to be fucking amazing. After a couple of failed attempts at collaborating again, the universe delivered me this ultimatum, ͚If you don͛t do this yourself, it͛s never going to get done. Just do it͛.͟Back at square one, Shim transformed the bedroom of his L.A. apartment into a makeshift studio and bought $4,000-worth of equipment from Guitar Center. Borrowing amps and guitars from friends, he personally produced and engineered what would become his independent solo debut in under 44 days—barely making the deadline to return the gear. He transferred the chaos around him into the boldest anthems of his career introduced by the 2018 debut single ͞Hallelujah.͟On the track, bluesy clean guitar cries out before snapping into a gospel-style chant—͞Can I get an Amen or a Hallelujah?͟—carried by a full choir. It culminates on a wild guitar solo before divebombing back towards the hard-hitting hook once more. ͞You can create the life you want regardless of the perceived obstacles,͟ he goes on. ͚͞Hallelujah͛ is all about digging yourself out and starting the work. I didn’t have a specific projection of where this was going. I had no idea what my destination would be, but I knew I had to get moving.͟Elsewhere on the record, ͞Our Time͟ serves as an empowering affirmation set to a soundtrack of orchestral swells and unbreakable distortion, while ͞Fearless͟ encourages ͞the superhero in all of us͟ with a seismic chant. Shim adds, ͞That’s a conversation I’ll have with my son someday.͟In the end, this body of work represents the artist at his most poignant and powerful, and ready to tear up stages around the globe. ͞Music should sound exciting at all times,͟ he leaves off. ͞If it excites you, you won’t shut it off. I wanted to make a record that didn’t let up. This is my sound. It’s real. It’s empowering. It’s who I am. There’s a lot of blood on it

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